Skip to comments.Army says environmental assessment exaggerated flight plans
Posted on 02/01/2011 2:53:07 AM PST by LeoWindhorse
HILO -- The U.S. Army is taking responsibility for "miscommunication" it said fueled the recent public outcry over its proposal to conduct high-altitude helicopter training on Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa.
Still, comments opposing usage of multiple landing zones between the 8,000- and 12,000-foot elevations have prompted the Army to review its training plan, the U.S. Army Garrison, Hawaii said in a statement issued Friday.
Its own environmental assessment contained misleading graphics and descriptions, giving the impression of more flights and a bigger impact area than are being sought, according to military officials quoted in the three-page statement.
"The original document poorly portrayed what the division wants to do, and that's our fault," Maj. Dave Eastburn, a spokesman for the 25th Infantry Division Combat Aviation Brigade, or CAB, said of the 160-page federal EA filed Dec. 23.
Specifically, it labeled possible flight routes as "project area," while implying that helicopters would be "filling the skies," the Army said.
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